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Edward Town students add sparkle to Gliding Stars

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 03:45 pm
Peter Buffone shows off his artwork for the Gliding Stars show `Colors of the Rainbow` on March 28 and 29.
Peter Buffone shows off his artwork for the Gliding Stars show "Colors of the Rainbow" on March 28 and 29.

The students at Edward Town Middle School are lending their artistic talents for decorations for the annual Gliding Stars skating show on March 28 and 29 at the Northtown Ice Center (formerly Pepsi Center).

Gliding Stars teaches people with physical, mental, emotional or multiple challenges to ice skate.

Edward Town teachers Jill Hessinger and Karen Culligan said that all their students enjoyed helping out this worthy cause.

Student Peter Buffone said he had a great time painting his project: "I was really glad I could help out. They have a rainbow theme and it was fun to make the colors to match up to their colors."

Gliding Stars President Elizabeth O'Donnell said that the props and backdrops add so much to the show. "This year's show is called 'The Colors of the Rainbow,' and I absolutely love what the students create for me every year. I get very excited the day of the show when they show up and we start putting them into position. It makes the show so much prettier and attractive and my students get so excited. This is their favorite day of the year."

O'Donnell said her students range in age from 2 years old to 62 years old. "We have 110 skaters who are challenged by some form of disability and it is such a special and inspirational show. People who come to see it are touched deeply by witnessing the courage, determination and the absolute joy of our skaters."

The ice show begins at 7 p.m. March 28 and at 1 p.m. March 29 at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Williamsville. Presale tickets are $8 and at the door tickets are $10.

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